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Hilleberg Nallo 2
I just returned from using my Nallo in the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures ranged from near freezing (33-35F) to the mid 40'sF. We had a good bit of rain and snow at night with no breeze at al...

In GEAR » Hilleberg Nallo 2
October 03, 7:17am

Re: Pitching
Agree. It seems to me that Hilleberg tents, whether tunnel or dome have a very short learning curve whereas other mfgrs may use more than 2 designs. I had a problem with Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 m...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 06, 2:12pm

Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
Thanks for all the feedback. Tom, your links were especially helpful. Peter, believe me, I have practiced erecting the tent many times, but find it far more time consuming than the Hilleberg or B...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 05, 3:49pm

Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
Thanks for the comments, Franco. Compared to the Akto, I find the Laser to be much more cumbersome to erect and to pack. It does take a bit of adjusting to get a taut pitch. I agree with you abo...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 04, 6:30pm

Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
I have a Laser and need tips on packing and erecting. The tent arrived from Terra Nova with no setup directions and with dialup internet, I cannot download the video on their website. TN advised ...

In GEAR » Terra Nova Laser Tent - Setup Directions
September 04, 2:54pm

Odor Prevention
I've long used a sprinkling of baking soda rubbed into synthetic, e.g., Patagonia capiline, North Face nylon blend pants, etc., to eliminate the odor. I have not tried it on my Railriders Ecom...

In GEAR » Odor Prevention
August 26, 10:58am

Do the Patagonia Simple Guides have a fly
Although the pants do have a fly, they have other features I have found disappointing. For one, the fly seems a bit too short to me, the drawcord waist tends to slip off my waist when wearing a pa...

In GEAR » Do the Patagonia Simple Guides have a fly
August 17, 12:27pm

Lightweight Rainwear 2008 Review
Thanks Will, for an excellent article. It is reviews such as this that really justifies the subscription price!

In Editor's Roundtable » Lightweight Rainwear 2008: Current Favorites, New Introductions, and New Technologies (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008)
August 13, 12:40pm

Kahtoola Microspikes-Purchasing near Denver
I purchased mine last fall direct from Kahtoola. They arrived quickly from Flagstaff.

In GEAR » Kahtoola Microspikes - Purchasing near Denver?
July 23, 2:59pm

Trail shoes for wider feet
I have the same wide foot problem and have wasted more $ trying to find a suitable brand. I used to wear Montrail products, but my later Hardrocks seem much narrower than they used to be, so I now...

In GEAR » Trail shoes for wider feet
June 25, 1:21pm

All Reader Reviews by James Loy

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Big Agnes Insulated Air Core Pad
Like it or not, I usually end up spending a good bit of the night sleeping on my back, which means my shoulders & elbows are on the ground. The height from my torso to where my arms touch the gro...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
October 08, 11:44am

Patagonia DAS Parka
Whoa, did I miss something? Are we only supposed to offer reviews of lightweight gear? Although not a lightweight piece of gear, I have to give the above rating to a product that works as advertised...

In Clothing - Insulating - Synthetic (Polarguard, Primaloft, etc.)
April 02, 12:44pm

Nunatak Arc Alpinist
I wholly agree with all the accolades above. I just received my second Arc Alpinist (wife gets the prior one). I ordered the latest in Epic, 3 oz down overfill, and a length averaged between a regul...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
February 24, 4:56pm

Icebreaker Oasis Bodyfit 200 Tee
After purchasing one of these shirts in late 2006, I have found this shirt to be my "cast iron skillet" for spring, fall and winter trips in the mountains. I have even used it as a warm bas...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 1:09pm

Icebreaker Tech T Lite Superfine 140
I tried one of the superfine 140 Tees on a backpack in Canada's Kootenai Natl Park last August. The weather was everything from cold, wet and windy to humid and warm. I wore the shirt constantl...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
February 06, 12:54pm

RailRiders Adventure Shirt
I used the Ecomesh shirt on a desert backpack in SE Utah in May of 2007, and found it absolutely superb for sun protection and comfort. I perspired heavily, but the shirt always dried during a short ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - SYNTHETIC
February 06, 12:45pm

Icebreaker Balaclava Lite
I love Icebreaker products however I found the fit on this item disappointing. One size does not fit all! I spent an entire afternoon constantly pulling the fabric back up over my nose as the fit wa...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:36pm

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
A great hat with only one exception: because the brim secures to the crown with velcro rather than a snap, expect the wind to blow the brim up and secure it to the velcro on the crown without you bei...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:31pm

PossumDown Beanie (BPL Gear Shop) Beanie
Because of all the hype about this product being so warm, I decided to order one in spite of the price. The beanie is well-made and a good fit, however I was extremely disappointed after wearing it i...

In Clothing - Headwear, Handwear
February 06, 12:23pm

Big Agnes
I returned a Seedhouse SL-1 tent that experienced a torn center pole loop about the 3rd or 4th time I set it up. I returned it to Big Agnes and they quickly replaced it with a new tent. When erectin...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
August 05, 2:36pm